What are the most significant factors contributing to a lack of homefulness amongst Indigenous people in Canada?
In this episode, the Rev. Dr. Carmen Lansdowne, Executive Director of First United Church’s Social Housing Society points to the church’s active attempts to suppress traditional spiritualities as a major factor.
Rev. Lansdowne is currently in the midst of leading the redevelopment of the First United Church properties—seeking to create a place of connection, worship, and home—in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side. Carmen discusses many facets of Indigenous Homelessness, and the ways in which First United’s redevelopment is seeking to address these issues in their community-first approach to housing.
A member of the Heiltsuk nation, Carmen speaks to us from the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh nations.
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Beyond Housing to Homefulness Symposium: https://www.empireremixed.com/homefulness
Empire Remixed: https://www.empireremixed.com
Sorrento Centre: https://www.sorrentocentre.ca
Rev. Lansdowne’s Website: https://www.salaconsulting.ca/
Rev. Lansdowne on Twitter: https://twitter.com/revviec
First United Church’s Redevelopment Project: https://firstunited.ca/redevelopment/